Instructions for visiting team supporters

All supporters will undergo an extensive body search prior to entering the stadium. Your cooperation with the stadium security personnel is highly appreciated.

- It is forbidden to introduce or exhibit banners, posters, flags or any other form of visual support which uses symbols or emblems that may be an incitation to violence or xenopho­bia in the stadium. (The club’s stewards will be obliged to remove these at once.)

- It is forbidden to introduce any kind of weapon or object that can be thrown and that could potentially be used as a weapon. Any person who tries to introduce such objects (includ­ing drums, trumpets, megaphones, or any other large object) will be refused entry into the stadium. Small foldable umbrellas will normally be authorised unless the police decide otherwise for security reasons, however conventional umbrellas with pointed tip or golf umbrellas will not be allowed.

- It is forbidden to enter any flag or banner that comes on a large pole. The entry of such banners/flags will only be authorised if the pole is taken out and left behind. Small flags with flexible hollow plastic sticks (maximum 70 cm) may be authorised should the police deem it safe.

- There are no official deposits or similar arrangements available for leaving any object in the stadium therefore supporters are informed not to bring any objects with them that could risk being refused entry into the stadium. If any forbidden object is brought on the trip, supporters are advised to leave these at their hotel or on the bus to not risk having to dispose of them upon entry.

- Introduction or sale of alcoholic beverages in the stadium is forbidden.

- Any recipient a spectator may wish to bring into the stadium must fulfil the following condi­tions of rigidity, volume and weight. (Recipients/bottles without cap can be no more than 500 ml and should be made of soft plastic also objects heavier than 500 grams or consid­ered dangerous if thrown will not be permitted inside the stadium.)

- Bringing torches, fireworks or any pyrotechnic artefacts into the stadium is strictly forbid­den. Anyone trying to enter such items will have their ticket confiscated and will be refused entry to the ground. We remind all spectators that it is against the law to bring such items into a sporting arena and infringers will be severely punished. Anyone who makes use of pyrotechnic artefacts inside the stadium compound risks a heavy fine and a jail sentence. If a firework, Bengal light or torch is lit inside the stadium compound, Police will intervene and arrest any person linked to such an infringement.

- It is also forbidden to bring into the stadium any object that could be considered a fire haz­ard (rolls of toilet paper, large paper posters/banners etc...) or that is too large to ensure the security of the spectators in the stadium.

In addition to the above guidelines supporters must respect the following:

- It is not allowed to throw any type of object between the various sectors of the stadium nor between spectators.

- All Visiting team supporters should follow instructions from the police and the club’s stew­ards and collaborate while getting to their seating area all together in the stands.

- Visiting Team supporters should aim to be at Access Gate 21 by 18:00. Supporters will be allowed to enter the stadium to get to their seats well on time before the start of the game. Please note that this access closes at 19:00 to be used exclusively as an access to the car parking for FC Barcelona Members with a valid parking pass.

- Any Visiting Team supporter who did not make it on time to enter through Access 21 will be able to enter through any access gate to the stadium perimeter along with the rest of the FC Barcelona supporters as of 19:15 when the stadium gates open to general public.

- We recommend however that the supporters who arrive after 19:00 make their way direct­ly to Access 19 which is the closest to the gates 46, 50, 51 and 52 which are the entrance turnstiles reserved for the visiting team supporters to access to their seating area.

- Our experience shows that visiting supporters who arrive after 19:30 will have to queue longer to get into the stadium as the FC Barcelona supporters are also entering the stadium at that time. Body search is compulsory and will take as long as required to make sure that all visiting team supporters are searched thoroughly prior to entering the stadium.

- Supporters who decide to turn up later than the recommended timings take the risk of missing Kick-off. Experience from past UEFA Champions League games, shows that spectators arriving last minute have not been able to enter their seating area until 15- 30 minutes after kick-off.

- All Visiting Team supporters will be searched at their entrance to the ground as a measure of security for themselves and others in the stadium.

- Instructions from the Stewards and Police officials should be followed at all times.

- In case of infringement of any of these rules and/or disturbing public order, the Club can refuse entry or have the person or group of persons removed from the stadium.

- During the control at the stadium gates, any person who is considered to be drunk or under the influence of alcohol or drugs, can be refused entry or can be removed from the prem­ises if causing disturbance once inside.

- The Club reserves itself the right to carry out whatever action deemed necessary to main­tain a safe and orderly match organisation.

As owners of the stadium and organisers of events within, FC Barcelona has approved the following regulations (FC Barcelona Stadium Ground Rules) for its use:

Art. 1 Area of application

The objective of these regulations is to guarantee the safety and security within the fenced area located between Avinguda Joan XXIII, Carrer d’Arístides Maillol, Travessera de les Corts and Carrer de la Maternitat, where the Futbol Club Barcelona stadium “Camp Nou” is situated.

Art. 2 Uses

(1) The stadium is principally used for football matches. Non-sporting events are also organ­ised on occasions.

(2) Public access to the area and the facilities within only exists within the uses outlined above.

Art. 3 Admittance

(1) If an event is held within the stadium area, only persons with a valid ticket or an author­ised pass or who can justify by other means the authorization they have to be there may remain in the stadium area.

(2) Children under the age of 16 can only enter the stadium if accompanied by an adult who is responsible for that child and everyone must have a ticket to enter the stadium.

(3) Authorisation to enter the stadium is guaranteed to those who have obtained their ticket through their club for the visitors’ sector.

(4) Spectators must occupy the seat assigned to them as indicated on their ticket. The va­lidity of the ticket expires once the holder has left the stadium – this applies equally to both season ticket holders and single match tickets.

(5) The first tier of the Gol Norte and Gol Sur are assigned to local fans and visiting team fans are forbidden from entering this area and any other which the Club considers could create any threat to the safety of other spectators. A secure and segregated area for visit­ing fans is defined. The security and control stewards are instructed to remove any fans who appear to be from the visiting team in the area reserved for home team fans, or any fans who cause any disruption, regardless of the validity of their tickets and give them a seat in the appropriate area (whenever seats are available and the visiting team agrees). Should a seat in the visiting area not be available, the supporter will be ejected from the stadium or simply refused entry in the first instance.

(6) The presence of the public in the stadium area on non-match or other event days is regulated by the Club’s internal regulations.

(7) For security reasons, the ground and the immediate surroundings are covered by CCTV system.

Art. 4 Entrance Controls & Body Search

(1) Upon entering the stadium facilities, all visitors are required to show their tickets or authorisations to the police or stewards/Private Security and hand them over for exami­nation when asked to. Stewards/Private Security are authorised to check official identity documents (ID, Passports, etc…). Access to the stadium area will be denied to those per­sons who refuse to be searched by the Private Security or to show such identification.

(2) The Club’s Private Security are authorised to and will search/check all persons, includ­ing the use of technical methods, if, as a result of drug or alcohol abuse, carrying weap­ons, pyrotechnic devices or dangerous objects, they represent a threat to public safety. Searches can also be made on belongings of the person concerned if permission is ex­pressly granted and access to the stadium will be denied to all persons who refuse to allow such authorised searches.

(3) Any person who has a stadium banning order, or who represent a danger to public safety will be denied access to the stadium.

(4) Any person who is denied access to the stadium will not entitled to a refund on tickets purchased.

Art. 5 Behaviour in the stadium

(1) Within the stadium, spectators must behave in a way which causes no harm to them­selves or others; spectators must not put anyone in danger, obstruct anyone else’s view (within reason) nor cause any other disturbance to other spectators. Camp Nou Stadium is an all seated stadium. Standing or seating in the aisles, vomitories or staircases is forbid­den. Spectators should occupy their seat as mark on ticket.

(2) FC Barcelona supports an international and tolerant football culture and declares itself expressly against any form of discrimination be it racial, sexual, linguistic, ethnic, ideologi­cal, age based or on sexual identity.

(3) Spectators must obey at all times the instructions given by police, private security, fire services, stewards, medical staff and the stadium public announcement system.

(4) For security reasons and to guarantee safety, spectators are obliged to move to other seats – even to seats outside of their assigned area, if so instructed by police, private secu­rity or stewards.

(5) The Club reserves the right to change a spectator’s assigned seat for a similar one for other motives, which the Club will not be obliged to justify.

(6) All entrances and exits – including fire escapes- must be kept clear at all times.

(7) Without affecting these regulations, other rules may be introduced when needed in indi­vidual cases in order to prevent or remove any threat to life, health or property. Instructions given by the authorities mentioned in article 4.1 must be obeyed at all times.

(8) The exhibition of any banner or mosaic has to be pre-authorised by the club and is sub­ject to approval by the police. Submit any proposal in advance.

Art. 6 Prohibitions

(1) Spectators are forbidden to bring the following items into the stadium:

(a) Propaganda material which is racist, xenophobic or incites violence, whether extreme right wing or left wing. The same applies to wearing clothes with symbols or badges which are racist, xenophobic or incite violence, whether extreme right wing or left wing. FC Barce­lona repudiates any group which encourages any type of violence and who shows symbols that incite any such behaviour.

(b) Advertising, commercial, political or religious items of any type such as banners, signs, symbols or hand outs.

(c) Weapons of any type, for example knives, sharp objects, swords, firearms or any similar dangerous objects including umbrellas.

(d) Laser pointers;

(e) Gas sprays, corrosive substances or colorants.

(f) Glass objects, any type of bottle, jars, cans or receptacles of any fragile, splintering or especially hard material in compliance with the law, any object heavier than 500 gr. and any recipient more than 500 ml. Smaller recipients may be allowed but the cap will be removed.

(g) Large objects such as stepladders, stools, chairs, boxes or suitcases. (Storage service cannot be provided)

(h) Torches, rockets, fireworks, smoke bombs or any other pyrotechnic objects.

(i) Flagpoles or transparent poles which are more than 2 m long or with a diameter of more than 2 cm and which are not totally flexible and hollow. For visiting supporter sector the po­lice will authorise introduction of flagpoles according to the risk, however only hollow and flexible plastic flagpoles with maximum length of 70 cm will be allowed.

(j) Alcoholic drinks or any type of drugs.

(k) Animals.

(l) Noisy mechanically powered instruments, such as megaphones and compressed air horns.

(m) Professional video or photo cameras

(2) Spectators are strictly forbidden to:

(a) Express or chant words which are or can be interpreted as racist, xenophobic or incite violence or discrimination, whether from extreme right or left wing positions. Publically insult any other person, particularly players, coaches, officials and other spectators either by shouting, showing objects or by any other means such as banners for example, relating to race, sex, language, religion, or origin. Behave in any racist or disrespectful manner.

(b) Climb on or over any constructions such as walls, fences, pitch perimeter, billboards, lighting structures, TV camera platforms, trees, roofs or posts of any kind which have not been foreseen for general public use.

(c) Access non-authorised areas such as the pitch, interior spaces and function areas.

(d) Throw any type of objects towards the pitch or at other spectators.

(e) Make fire, light torches or set off any pyrotechnic element.

(f) Paint, write or put up posters on any construction, facility, building, path or tree within the area.

(g) Relieve themselves in any area other than the public conveniences provided, or dirty the stadium in any other way, especially by throwing rubbish on the floor.

(h) Sell any type of goods (especially drinks, food, souvenirs, clothes, articles for fans or any other commercial item), newspapers, magazines and tickets or distribute any publicity material such as samples or brochures.

(i) Take drinks into the stands (drinking is only allowed in the concourse area where drinks are sold).

(j) Smoke: The Stadium is a non-smoking facility.(this includes all areas once passed the turnstiles into the stadium).

(k) Record sound, images, descriptions or results of the event (except for personal use) or transmit them partially or completely via the internet or other means – including mobile phones – or help other persons to do so without previous express permission of the Club. Equipment and machines needed to do such things cannot be brought into the stadium without previous express permission from the Club. Photos and images taken by spectators at a game must be purely for private use. Any commercial use whatsoever requires previ­ously written authorisation from FC Barcelona.

Art. 7 Responsibility

(1) FC Barcelona is not responsible for any personal or material harm caused by any third parties.

(2) All accidents or harm caused should be immediately reported to FC Barcelona.

Art. 8 Violations

(1) Any person violating these regulations can be expelled from the stadium without any compensation or refund on the price of the ticket. The same will apply to any person who is expelled from the stadium for being under the influence of alcohol, drugs or any other substance which means they are unable to control themselves, or who are behaving in a violent way, disturbing public order or behaving in such a way as to suggest such behaviour may occur.

(2) A stadium banning order can be issued to any person whose behaviour inside or outside the stadium threatens the safety and security as well as the law and order of the event. This prohibition will be extended throughout the rest of the country according to the serious­ness of the acts.

(3) Any pitch invasion or unauthorised access to the inner area (art. 6, section. 2 point C) is considered as a criminal offence under local Law.

(4) Any use use of pyrotechnics is considered a criminal offence under Spanish Law.

(5) If the organisers are held responsible for any breach of these regulations and suffer fines or have to pay compensation as a result of decisions by governing bodies owners of the event such as FIFA, UEFA, RFEF, LFP or others, this will be passed on to the spectator responsible for being in breach of the regulations.

(6) If there is any suspicion of criminal action or non-respect of the law by a spectator, a criminal charge may be brought against them.

(7) Any object which is prohibited and has been confiscated will be released to its owner only once it’s use as evidence in any criminal case has been cleared and it is no longer required.

(8) These regulations come into force the moment that the ticket or pass holder enters the stadium. The acquisition of a ticket or pass implies the binding acceptance of these regula­tions for the FC Barcelona stadium - “Camp Nou” – and its facilities.

For further information please refer to LAW 19/ 2007, July 11th against vio­lence, racism, xenophobia and intolerance in sport, as well as the ROYAL DECREE RD 203/2010.